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Film (1990). White Noise/Heritage. Directed by Peter Lehner. Written by Lehner, Gordon Chavis. Cast includes Kristen Cloke, Stefan Gierasch, J C Quinn, Daniel J Travanti, Grace Zabriskie and Billy Zane. 95 minutes. Colour. / An impressive but very low-budget picture, updating some of the feel of Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965) in its vision of a transformed future USA (played oddly but effectively by present-day Switzerland) divided into ...

Falls, The

Film (1980). British Film Institute. Directed by Peter Greenaway. Written by Greenaway. 187 minutes. Colour. / Perhaps the most elliptical Disaster in sf Cinema, the Violent Unknown Event (VUE) has killed an unspecified number of people and afflicted 19 million others with bizarre symptoms including physical mutation (see Mutants), recurring dreams of water, sexual quadromorphism, the spontaneous ...

Delrio, Martin

Joint pseudonym of writing team Debra Doyle and James D Macdonald – or possibly a House Name, though used almost exclusively by these authors for several Ties, beginning with Mortal Kombat (1995 chap), and more recently a MechWarrior: Dark Age sequence beginning with MechWarrior: Dark Age: A Silence in the Heavens (2003). All ...

Junk Head

Japanese stop-motion animated film (2017; rev 2021). Yamiken. Directed and written by Takahide Hori. Voice cast includes Takahide Hori and Atsuko Miyake. 100 minutes. Colour. / Initially released as the short film Junk Head 1 (2013), which became the first 30 minutes of the 2017 full-length film discussed here (a revised version of which was released in 2021). Junk Head 1 took four years to produce and was made entirely by the ...

Chen, Mike

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Here and Now and Then (2019), focuses on the emotional travails of a Time Police agent suffering from Amnesia who must decide between his job and his new family after he is reconnected to his mission from the future. A Beginning at the End (2020), set in a bleak Near Future balkanized America after a ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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